Holy Nativity Church Update  April 1, 2015
The Episcopal Church
of the Holy Nativity


Holy Week and Easter Services 


Maundy Thursday, April 2

Service at 6:30 pm


Good Friday, April 3

Services at 12 noon

and 6:30 pm


Saturday, April 4

Easter egg decorating,

1-2 pm on the pre-K lanai


Tea for Father Charlie and

Mrs. Marilyn Crane, 4-6 pm


Easter Sunday, April 5

Services at 7:30 am

and 9:30 am

Easter egg hunt

following 9:30 service



Apr 4 Need help unloading the Easter lilies upon delivery; contact the church office if you can help


Apr 4 Easter egg decorating 1-2 pm at the church


Apr 4 Tea for Fr. Charlie Crane 4-6 pm at the church, please RSVP to the church office by March 27


Apr 5 Easter Sunday services


Apr 11 Diocese EM/EV Licensing Training; click here for details


Apr 12 Sunday 8:30 am combined service


Apr 17 Holy Nativity School "Sapphire Night" Pa'ina at Waialae Country Club; click here for details


May 9 East Honolulu Regional Confirmation at Holy Nativity at 10:30 am (as the host church, we'll need to provide goodies for the coffee hour following the service)


Serving Maundy Thursday


Lectors - Greg Kwan, Cindy Ramirez

EM - Kim Garner


Serving Good Friday


12 noon service

Lectors - Kathy Otani, Cindy Ramirez
Other readers - Lorraine Mau, Liz Thompson


6:30 pm service

Lectors - Adrienne Fung, Greg Kwan
Other readers - Kim Garner, Ed Moore, Mark Slovak

Serving Easter Sunday

7:30 am service
Lector - Bonnie Stevens
Prayers/EM - Linda Sayegusa
Ushers - Mike LeHouck, Chris Souza
Refreshments - Everyone

9:30 am service
Lectors - Jeanne Nelson, Sumner Howard
Prayers - Adrienne Fung
EMs - Liz Thompson, Lila Johnson
Ushers - David Buck, Ed Moore
Refreshments - Everyone
Altar Guild - Sandra Braham's team and Delia Moore's team (Holy Week)


Serving April 12

Combined 8:30 am service


Lectors - Mark Slovak, Joel Verghese
Prayers - John Verghese
EMs - Bonnie Stevens, Kathy Otani
Ushers - Mike LeHouck, James Manaligod
Refreshments - Verghese Family
Altar Guild - Jean Yee's team




Worship Schedule:

  Wednesday 10 am

  Sunday 7:30 and 9:30 am

  Sunday School 9:30 am



Rev. Debra Vanover



The Vestry

Sr. Warden: Barb Poole-Street

Jr. Warden: Eva Eglinton

Treasurer: Greg Kwan

Lila Johnson, Mike LeHouck, Jane Loo, Tusi Mayer, Bill Seeley, Bonnie Stevens, John Verghese, Gretchen Yamaguchi


Office Hours

Closed Mondays

Tues-Fri 9 am - 2 pm

(808) 373-2131




Parish Administrator

Annabeth Stem (part time)



Holy Nativity Thrift Shop

John Smith, Manager


271-2559 cell


Thrift Shop Hours

Wed and Fri 9 am - 3 pm

Sat 9 am - 12 noon  



Prayer List


Aileen, Christopher, Sarah, Don, Rick, Sappel McCracken, Chris Stingle, Jonathan, Rev. Margot Critchfield, Cynthia, Charles Fernandes, and in memory of Richard Gerage



Last Sunday's Attendance
7:30 am service - 32
9:30 am service - 82

Average Attendance Year to Date
7:30 am service - 29
9:30 am service - 73

Easter Message

From Rev. Debra Vanover, Rector



Alleluia, The Lord is Risen.

The Lord is risen indeed!


Many faiths believe in the immortality of the soul, of our existence after death. Christianity differs in that we believe that not just our spirit continues but that the body itself is resurrected. We see this in the transfiguration when Jesus stands with the disciples upon the mountain with Elijah and Moses, then with his declaration of the importance of the body when he raised Lazarus from death and Paul refers to our bodies as a temple of the Holy Spirit.


 On Palm Sunday we walked with him as he was declared King of Kings, the Awaited One, only to then find as we walked through holy week, that Jesus met betrayal, trial, denial, abandonment, judgment and torture through crucifixion. After he is determined to be dead, Jesus is buried, but on the third day the women who go to care for his body encounter an empty tomb only to then meet Jesus himself in the garden. Disciples then encounter him on the road to Emmaus; Thomas is told to "Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand in the wound in my side, don't be faithless any longer Believe!" Jesus enters the upper room where his followers were all gathered in fear and confusion, and later he meets them on the beach as they come in from fishing.


 It is hard to deny that foundational to Christianity is the belief in a physical resurrection of the body or the impact this encounter engendered in the early believers. The world was transformed, fear was banished, joy replaced sorrow and hope blossomed. Yes, it is hard to believe, and we continue to bear witness to it as we deepen our relationship with Jesus individually and corporately and find we can sing with the hymnist: "You ask me how I know he lives.... He lives within my heart."


So we will come this Easter Morn to step out in faith, in trust and hope, willing to believe the unbelievable because we have been touched by the Spirit and enlivened. We come to believe against belief that His word is true. We come to worship, to bow down to declare him our God, to acknowledge his loveliness, his worthiness and the wonder that is Christ. We come to praise, to give thanks that this God through the Spirit communes with us and companions us daily through the "good, the bad and the ugly" of our life. He is our Savior and our God and our friend. So I encourage you! Sing out your Hosanna's, celebrate his love and praise his holy name for he is Risen and he HAS overcome death for all who will but come and receive. 

Easter Sunday

at Holy Nativity


Easter Services at

7:30 am and 9:30 am


Please bring fresh flowers to decorate the cross in the sanctuary.

Please bring goodies to share at the coffee hour after services.
Easter Egg Hunt
Following the 9:30 am service on Easter Sunday

All keiki are invited to the annual Easter egg hunt at the church after the 9:30 am service on Easter Sunday.
If you can donate plastic eggs and/or goodies to fill them (stickers, coins, trinkets, candy) please drop them off at the church office by Friday, April 3. Mahalo!

Palm Sunday 2015

at Holy Nativity 



New Schedule for the Banyan Tree
Beginning this month the Banyan Tree email newsletter will be sent twice per month, on the first and third Wednesdays.

Parishioner Particulars

News and Notes about our Parish Ohana



The Mighty Ducks celebrate their 20th anniversary this year!  Holy Nativity's Rev. Deb joined the Ducks, who hold practices and even potlucks at Holy Nativity, at their 20th anniversary celebration where the church was recognized for supporting the team over the years.


The Mighty Ducks, started by Steve Street and Barb Poole-Street in 1995, is a Special Olympics team composed of athletes with intellectual disabilities who participate in basketball, bowling, bocce, softball, soccer, swimming, track and field, and weightlifting.  Athletes can join when they turn six years old and can participate as long as they like--there is no upper age limit. The organization today has more than 150 Ducks and is still growing.


Barb Poole-Street reports that the team struggled in the early years until Holy Nativity offered their facilities for Mighty Ducks practices. "Having a home base has been wonderful," writes Barb, "People know where to look for us and parents are assured we practice in a secure location. We appreciate Holy Nativity's support, and welcome anyone who would like to get involved--as a participant, coach, or volunteer. Special Olympics may be focused on sports, but its impact on people's lives extends far beyond that. Mighty Ducks athletes have competed in the International Games, served as Global Messengers giving speeches to groups about Special Olympics, and participated in community sports activities. But most importantly, their participation in Special Olympics shows the athletes, their families, and the communities what they can accomplish."


Go Mighty Ducks! 



Have some news about yourself, your family, or another Holy Nativity member to share? Send it to us at holynativity@gmail.com or call the church office at 373-2131 and we'll include your item in an upcoming newsletter. Mahalo! 

Readings for Easter Sunday, April 5  

Acts 10:34-43

Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24

1 Corinthians 15:1-11

Mark 16:1-8

Readings for Sunday, April 12

Acts 4:32-35

Psalm 133

1 John 1:1-2:2

John 20:19-31 



Thank you for bringing me through the night to a wonderful day and I pray I can live each day given with love, with gratitude, with courage and with generosity. Amen